In 1816, only 13 years after Ohio became a state, the Ohio General Assembly authorized the boards of all 88 counties to construct poor houses, which provided basic necessities— food, clothing, and shelter— to those who could not otherwise afford it.
Explore the lives of those who lived on those poor houses through documentary photography and educational information at the exhibit Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm, currently on view at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. Visit the exhibit opening and a meet and greet with photographer Jeffrey Hall from 5-8pm on Friday, February 22.
Wood County Historical Center & Museum,
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. woodcountyhistory.org Free